Israeli girl, 9, shot while playing in West Bank

A nine-year-old Jewish girl has been shot and seriously injured while playing outside in the West Bank, Israeli police said today.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the girl was hit in the upper body by a single shot as she played outside in the settlement of Psagot.

He said it appears to have been a Palestinian sniper attack carried out from long range. Tensions are high between Israelis and Palestinians in the area.

An Israeli soldier was recently shot dead by a sniper in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Mr Rosenfeld said Psagot residents have been told to stay at home while searches are under way.

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